The WaPo editorial page is starting to read as if it's being edited by Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The lead piece today is an attack on Congress for combining its kindly treatment of Gen. Petraeus with resistance to a "surge." Apparently, the editors think it's the Hill's problem that we're sending a good general to carry out a lousy mission. If they think Petraeus is so great, they're saying, why don't they give him what he says he needs?
Note to the Editors: The General has to say he wants an escalation. If he didn't say that he wouldn't get the job. And after much obfuscation, the Post finally gets around to making its point: against all common sense, they're backing the surge.
They also ran a clueless semi-endorsement of the President's healthcare "proposal," calling it a "tax on the rich" and implying it would only affect health plans that are exorbitant in their benefits. Nonsense. As I explained yesterday, this idea (it isn't really a "plan") will tax almost everybody eventually. It will also help kill our employer-based health system without creating anything to replace it - except a free-market hellhole for stranded consumers.
But then Dr. Jekyll takes over and you get pieces like these: An appropriate level of revulsion at the way we detain and treat those accused of illegal immigration, and a much-needed push for Democrats to get moving on creating Congressional representation for the District of Columbia. That’s only fair to the District’s residents, and certainly won't hurt the Dems politically either. Why not now?
As for that odd personality problem over in the Editor's office, let's hope the good guy wins. It would be a refreshing change.